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Daune Mahy to Sing Recital Wednesday, March 3
8:00 p.m. in Finney Chapel

By Michael Chipman

Daune Mahy,
Professor of Singing

The familiar and esoteric will come together when Daune Mahy, professor of singing, and James Howsman, associate professor of instrumental accompanying, perform in a faculty recital on Wednesday, March 3, 8:00 p.m., in Finney Chapel. The recital will showcase songs and arias by Handel, Debussy, Liszt, Hoiby, and Turina.

Mahy will open the recital with Handel's "Se pietà" from Giulio Cesare, because, she says, "I always like to begin with something from the bel canto period. I love Handel - especially Cleopatra's many arias - and this is one of my favorites."

Songs by Debussy will follow, including "Claire de lune," "Jane," "Rondeau," "Fleur des bles," "Musique," and "Romance." Mahy says she made her selections based on research she conducted at the Bibliothèque National in Paris several years ago. She says, "An edition of previously unpublished early Debussy songs was released in which I found some of the songs. I also found a recording of the early songs and tracked them down in another recent edition. The early songs, written for a Madame Vasnier in the early 1880's, sit in a higher register than Debussy's later songs, so they are ideal for my voice."

Mahy will continue with five German songs by Liszt: "Der Alpenjaeger," "Die Lorelei," "Freudvoll und leidvoll," "Kling leise, mein Lied," and "O Lieb' so lang du lieben kannst." Of this group Mahy says, "I knew many of the French songs of Liszt but very few German songs, so I sought out various editions and settled on the Dover and Miller editions. I chose these particular songs for their variety."

Lee Hoiby's four songs, "The Shining Place," "Love Love Today," "Daphne," and "Always it's Spring" were chosen, says Mahy, because she has "always liked Hoiby's songs. I discovered three of the four in an unpublished collection. I was especially drawn to the 'Daphne' text since it was written by a former colleague at the University of Nebraska."

The final piece on Mahy's recital is Joaquin Turina's three-song cycle, Homenaje a Lope de Vega Op. 90. "I grew up in California," says Mahy, "so I learned Spanish as my first foreign language, which gave me an interest in Spanish music." She says she has performed much of Turina's music since college, but "this one is my favorite."

Mahy says she performs a recital each year because "It provides an opportunity to perform music I love, but I try to present new material for each recital so that I grow as an artist. I also think it sets an example for my students. I hope in this recital to bring something of my unique, personal insights to the music."

This recital is free and open to the public.

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